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The Internet Wiretap edition of THE NEW ATLANTIS, by FRANCIS BACON.(Written in 1626.) From
 Ideal Commonwealths
, P.F. Collier & Son, New York.(c)1901 The Colonial Press, expired. Prepared by Kirk Crady from scanner output provided by Internet Wiretap. This book is in the public domain, released August1993.The Wiretap edition has been changed to HTML format by William Uzgalis, July1996.1626
by Francis BaconSearch the New Atlantis 
WE sailed from Peru, where we had continued by the space of one whole year, for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; andhad good winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months' space andmore. But then the wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so aswe could make little or no way, and were sometimes in purpose to turn back. Butthen again there arose strong and great winds from the south, with a point east;which carried us up, for all that we could do, toward the north: by which time our victuals failed us, though we had made good spare of them. So that find- ingourselves, in the midst of the greatest wilderness of waters in the world, withoutvictual, we gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Yet we did lift upour hearts and voices to God above, who showeth His wonders in the deep; beseeching Him of His mercy that as in the beginning He dis- covered the face of the deep, and brought forth dry land, so He would now discover land to us, that wemight not perish.And it came to pass that the next day about evening we saw within a kenning beforeus, toward the north, as it were thick clouds, which did put us in some hope of land,knowing how that part of the South Sea was utterly unknown, and might haveislands or continents that hitherto were not come to light. Wherefore we bent our 
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course thither, where we saw the appearance of land, all that night; and in thedawning of next day we might plainly discern that it was a land flat to our sight, andfull of boscage, which made it show the more dark. And after an hour and a half'ssailing, we entered into a good haven, being the port of a fair city. Not great,indeed, but well built, and that gave a pleasant view from the sea. And we thinkingevery minute long till we were on land, came close to the shore and offered to land.But straightway we saw divers of the people, with batons in their hands, as it wereforbidding us to land: yet without any cries or fierce- ness, but only as warning usoff, by signs that they made. Whereupon being not a little discomfited, we wereadvising with ourselves what we should do. During which time there made forth tous a small boat, with about eight persons in it, whereof one of them had in his handa tipstaff of a yellow cane, tipped at both ends with blue, who made aboard our ship, without any show of distrust at all. And when he saw one of our number  present himself somewhat afore the rest, he drew forth a little scroll of parchment(somewhat yellower than our parchment, and shining like the leaves of writing-tables, but otherwise soft and flexible), and delivered it to our foremost man. Inwhich scroll were written in ancient He- brew, and in ancient Greek, and in goodLatin of the school, and in Spanish these words: "Land ye not, none of you, and provide to be gone from this coast within sixteen days, except you have further timegiven you; meanwhile, if you want fresh water, or victual, or help for your sick, or that your ship needeth repair, write down your wants, and you shall have that which belongeth to mercy." This scroll was signed with a stamp of cherubim's wings, notspread, but hanging down- ward; and by them a cross.This being delivered, the officer returned, and left only a servant with us to receiveour answer. Consulting hereupon among ourselves, we were much perplexed. Thedenial of landing, and hasty warning us away, troubled us much: on the other side,to find that the people had languages, and were so full of humanity, did comfort usnot a little. And above all, the sign of the cross to that instrument was to us a greatrejoic- ing, and as it were a certain presage of good. Our answer was in the Spanishtongue, "That for our ship, it was well; for we had rather met with calms andcontrary winds, than any tempests. For our sick, they were many, and in very illcase; so that if they were not permitted to land, they ran in danger of their lives."Our other wants we set down in par- ticular, adding, "That we had some little storeof merchandise, which if it pleased them to deal for, it might supply our wants,without being chargeable unto them." We offered some re- ward in pistolets untothe servant, and a piece of crimson velvet to be presented to the officer; but theservant took them not, nor would scarce look upon them; and so left us, and went back in another little boat which was sent for him.
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About three hours after we had despatched our answer, there came toward us a person (as it seemed) of a place. He had on him a gown with wide sleeves, of a kindof water chamolet, of an excellent azure color, far more glossy than ours; his under-apparel was green, and so was his hat, being in the form of a turban, daintily made,and not so huge as the Turkish turbans; and the locks of his hair came down belowthe brims of it. A reverend man was he to behold. He came in a boat, gilt in some part of it, with four persons more only in that boat; and was followed by another  boat, wherein were some twenty. When he was come within a flight-shot of our ship, signs were made to us that we should send forth some to meet him upon thewater, which we presently did in our ship-boat, sending the principal man amongstus save one, and four of our number with him. When we were come within sixyards of their boat, they called to us to stay, and not to approach far- ther, which wedid.And thereupon the man, whom I before described, stood up, and with a loud voicein Spanish asked, "Are ye Chris- tians?" We answered, "We were;" fearing the less, because of the cross we had seen in the subscription. At which answer the said person lift up his right hand toward heaven, and drew it softly to his mouth (whichis the gesture they use, when they thank God), and then said: "If ye will swear, allof you, by the merits of the Saviour, that ye are no pirates; nor have shed blood,lawfully or unlawfully, within forty days past; you may have license to come onland." We said, "We were all ready to take that oath." Whereupon one of those thatwere with him, being (as it seemed) a notary, made an entry of this act. Whichdone, another of the attendants of the great per- son, which was with him in thesame boat, after his lord had spoken a little to him, said aloud: "My lord would haveyou know that it is not of pride, or greatness, that he cometh not aboard your ship; but for that in your answer you declare that you have many sick amongst you, hewas warned by the conser- vator of health of the city that he should keep adistance." We bowed ourselves toward him and answered: "We were his humbleservants; and accounted for great honor and singular humanity toward us, thatwhich was already done; but hoped well that the nature of the sickness of our menwas not infectious."So he returned; and awhile after came the notary to us aboard our ship, holding inhis hand a fruit of that country, like an orange, but of color between orange-tawnyand scarlet, which cast a most excellent odor. He used it (as it seemed) for a preservative against infection. He gave us our oath, "By the name of Jesus, and Hismerits," and after told us that the next day, by six of the clock in the morning, weshould be sent to, and brought to the strangers' house (so he called it), where weshould be accommodated of things, both for our whole and for our sick. So he left
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